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Patricia  Russel-McCloud

Patricia Russel-McCloud

Leading Business Motivator


Patricia Russell-McCloud is a “visual speaking experience” and spellbinding professional orator. With more than 20 years on the lecture circuit, she is categorized as being one of the nation’s best. Her speaking style is engaging, highly substantive, well-researched, pertinent to her audiences, and entertaining. Distinguished and distinct, Russell-McCloud’s style is classified as “big, broad and animated,” which leaves her audiences anxious for more. Her most recent literary work, A Is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living, uses the alphabet as a touchstone and truly inspires readers to reach their highest potential. Read More >

Russell-McCloud's ability to substantively address issues—including achieving excellence, assuming leadership, managing workplace diversity, and addressing women and youth issues, business ownership, and business operation—has motivated numerous audiences to make a positive difference. With each presentation, she demonstrates, yet again, that she is a master at her craft as she artfully seeks to master the spoken work. In sum, Russell-McCloud is a “speaker’s speaker,” who specialized ascertaining the organization’s culture, interests, and challenges. In turn, clients receive the value-add of the experience and exposure to this qualitatively measurable speaker.

Each year she speaks to more than 100,000 people in private and public organizations, both in the United States and internationally. She encourages her listeners to surmount every obstacle that stands between them and the possible. She has been the speaker of choice for corporations, foundations, school districts, government agencies, colleges and universities, and civic and community organizations throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Great Britain, South Africa, and West Africa.

As a member of the Council on legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), she studied at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree at Howard University, School of Law, Washington, D.C. Prior to embarking on her speaking career, Russell-McCloud was an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission, Chief, Complaints, Branch, Broadcast bureau, Washington, D.C. for ten years. Then she decided to follow her true passion which was to be a business entrepreneur and global professional orator. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduating from Kentucky State University she knew her true career connection was to prepare meaningful presentations for diverse audiences and to meet them at their point of need.

Russell-McCloud has received many honors, including being presented more than 300 keys to American cities. She has served as the 11th National President of The Links, Inc., and the National Parliamentarian to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has been named as one of the top five business motivators in the country by Black Enterprise Magazine; identified as one of the top 10 speakers in America, “Success Runs in Our Race”; featured in Essence Magazine, and in EBONY magazine as one of the most influential people in the United States, and featured as the cover story of Speaker magazine, National Speaker's Association 2007 July/August.

Russell-McCloud fulfills a lifelong commitment to others as a treasured mentor. “My professional journey as an attorney and international professional speaker has exposed me to many exceptional individuals who I have ultimately mentored. They are an impressive group of 145 in number, and they are primarily judges, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and educators. My single requirement of them has been to ‘pay it forward.’ They have been responsive in their commitment to do so, and have made me deservedly proud,” states Russell-McCloud.

A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Russell-McCloud is married to Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr., Resident Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church, 18th Episcopal District, sub-Saharan Africa. Read Less ^

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Patricia Russell-McCloud

Speech Topics

Leadership: The Unexpected Reward

Leadership: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Diversity: Working Together Works

Diversity: Celebrate the Difference

A Is for Attitude

Strategies to Be Your Best—All the Time